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Holiday SOS

Who do you call if it all goes wrong on holiday?

Meet Doctor Ben MacFarlane - a very modern flying doctor. His job is get on a plane and bring patients home after holiday disasters, gap year crises, embarrassing incidents on business trips and all the other things that can go wrong when we head overseas.

Holiday SOS is his extraordinary story. It's a unique medical memoir of the people he helps - and a year in the life of one of the world's most frequent flyers!


'Packed with tales of derring-do … it's terrific, a riveting read.'

The Independent

'Hugely entertaining and warmly written.'

The Lady

'A barn-storming account.'

Libby Purves, Radio 4

'Eye-opening and entertaining,'

Press Association

'A mixture of shocking, moving and at times very funny stories … an eye-opener for any holidaymaker.'

Now magazine

"A fast paced glimpse into the reality of doctors who work for insurance companies, and who retrieve ill patients from abroad, and safely return them home. An interesting story, and a must-read for fans of medical bios with a side of humour."

Charmaine Atrooshi (Librarian)

"The tales veer from the serious, to funny, and the downright ridiculous all told in a style that's so easy to read. The authors and the doctor deal with some frightening crises; some at 35,000 feet altitude in cramped conditions. What truly comes over to the reader is the doctor's humanity, his empathy to others, and of course his medical skills. It's a fascinating, refreshing read and highly recommended."

Stephen Bentley (Reviewer)

"I can assure you that you will have a unique and varied read, telling stories of disasters, accidents, embarrassments and more. You'll laugh out loud, be shocked, you'll feel empathy but you'll also wonder at the predicaments Ben writes about in this book."

Joan Hill (Reviewer)

"What a hoot!"

Dear Author

‘Editor's Choice’

Sunday Times

“Will have you engrossed.”

Sunday Herald

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